European Intercultural Festival

The European Intercultural Festival in Belarus is the annual event that was launched in May 2013 in Minsk to facilitate people-to-people contacts and foster cultural diplomacy. United under the Festival umbrella, series of educational and cultural events introduce the cultural diversity of the EU countries and Eastern Partnership states to the Belarusian audience.

This year’s Festival dates are 3-13 September 2014 with the open air closing part taking place during the official celebrations of the Minsk Day.  The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Office for European Expertise and Communication (Minsk), the International Soci-economic Fund of Ideas (Minsk) and a number of associated partners.

Wed, 2013-05-08 15:50

As a part of the first annual European Intercultural Festival 2013, Office for a Democratic Belarus is organising a drawing contest for Belarusian children aged 6-12 with the theme “Colourful Europe”. The organisers want to encourage the Belarusian youth to share their experiences and perceptions of Europe and learn more about the culture and history of the EU member states and other states participating in the Eastern Partnership Initiative. The competition is organised in partnership with the Youth Entrepreneurship Support and Development Center. The European Intercultural Festival 2013 is being held in Minsk and other Belarusian cities on May 20-26.

Mon, 2013-05-06 16:50

As a part of the European Intercultural Festival 2013, Office for a Democratic Belarus with its partners organises a competition for proposals on how to improve cooperation between the European Union and Belarus. The organisers hope to collect concrete proposals from the Belarusian public on the best ways to develop EU-Belarus relations in the future. The best proposals will be published and handed over to experts working on EU projects for possible realisation. The finalists will be chosen by an international jury consisting of representatives of organising institutions and leading international research centres on European politics.  The winner will receive an electronic book reader and the first and second runner ups will also


Mon, 2013-05-06 15:26

A photographic competition is being held in Belarus as a part of the country’s first European Intercultural Festival 2013. The theme of the competition is “European neighbourhood” which aims to spark interest towards Europe and Belarus and demonstrate to what extent European values have been adopted in Belarus, as well as to examine the meaning of “European neighbourhood” for ordinary Belarusians. The price for the winner is a two-day trip to Brussels and the first and second runner ups will also receive memorable prices. The works of the finalists will be displayed in an online exhibition on the websites of our partners and in the case of a large amount of high-quality entries, a photo exhibition will be organised in Minsk.

Wed, 2010-12-22 17:58

The violent crackdown on the post-election protests in Minsk on 19 December, 2010 came as a symbolic ‘closing’ of the brief period of relative liberalisation, which Belarus enjoyed since 2008. Independent accounts provide information suggesting that violent break into a government building was staged by security forces and used by riot police to arrest and beat hundreds of people. President Lukashenka publicly declared his responsibility for treating protesters in a brutal manner and announced the end of ‘senseless democracy,’ showing his indifference to the ‘European structures.’